To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
Soha Bayoumi is the Allston Burr Resident Dean of Kirkland House and Assistant Dean of Harvard College, and a lecturer in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. Trained in political theory, political philosophy, and intellectual history, Dr. Bayoumi works on the question of justice at the intersection of political theory, intellectual history, and science, medicine, and technology studies. With a focus on medicine and public health, her research addresses the question of health and social justice, biomedical ethics, and the links between medicine and politics, with a geographical focus on the Middle East and a special interest in postcolonial and gender studies. Bayoumi's research interests focus on medical expertise and how it is deployed in different political contexts. In this framework, she focuses on gender and race as important contributors to the fashioning of the medical profession and as key determinants of health and access to medical care. In addition to teaching courses on the history of medicine, public health, and gender and sexuality, she has also taught courses in European and American intellectual history, as well as the intellectual history of the modern and contemporary Middle East, with a focus on gender and feminist writing and activism. Bayoumi is currently finishing a book manuscript (co-authored with Sherine Hamdy, UC Irvine, under consideration by Stanford University Press) on the role of doctors in the Egyptian uprising, and working on another book project on the question of health and social justice and the social roles of doctors in postcolonial Egypt (under consideration by Syracuse University Press). She is Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies (JIMS).Last Updated: Sep 12, 2019, 3:13pm